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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (23 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to find a seat at the bar in this very busy restaurant. We also were lucky to get a great server who served the five of us in a timely manner. The food is pub food. My pizza and a friends salad...More

Thank Lucy E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to Centro a couple times now for lunch. It has been delicious every time. You can’t go wrong with their burgers, pizzas, or salads. The fries are fresh cut, which I typically do not enjoy, because they are usually too soft or...More

Thank G B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It had been awhile since I had been to Centro. I was pleasantly surprised that the food and service was still outstanding. The wood oven samon was excellent!

Thank Chicogirl44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy Centro at least once a month. Everything is delicious, but my favorite has to be the tomato tortellini soup, it is outstanding every time. Having said that the appetizers and pizza are great, especially the mussels, calamari and bruschetta. Enjoy!

Thank MarvelAnne
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Sadly, Centro is about a half-hour drive for us, which is just a tad too far most evenings. But probably a good thing, or we'd be there every night. It's not just the food; the entire atmosphere is wonderful.

1  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

I met my sister for lunch and the service is top notch. Our server was fantastic and the food was very good. I ordered the gorgonzola burger medium and I should have said medium well—it was pretty red so they were happy to cook it...More

Thank Coleen D
Reviewed 21 December 2017

The biggest problem with eating at Centro is deciding what to order. The pizza from their brick oven is fantastic (as long as you like it thin and crisp). The salads are fantastic (my wife tells me) and so are their burgers and fries.

Thank The-TravellinDude
Reviewed 21 December 2017

What a wonderful place to eat and enjoy friends! Ate here prior to a show at the Temple. Food is great, company was fantastic, servers are responsive and friendly. Menu selection is fantastic. Gourmet or just plain pizza that is fantastic! Nice stop while visiting...More

Thank sandyp113
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I love Centro. I had never had the Kill Bill Tenderloin before so I decided to give it a shot. Definitely not one of the better tenderloins in town. I should have stayed with the good ol' Italian stand-bys.

Thank Dennis B
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

We often make reservations at Centro when we are in town. The food is always consistently good as is the service. It is very popular so reservations are advised. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon entering. Highly recommend.

Thank Briar502
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7 April 2017|
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Response from 114bruceb | Reviewed this property |
I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
7 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Arturo A | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a vegan option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1780
  • E-mail
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
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